A support group for young people has attacked a new proposal to impose a curfew on some youth in Alice Springs.
There is a push underway to impose a "smart curfew" on troubled youth in Alice Springs to try and prevent them walking around the town between midnight and 6am.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Terry Mills has given the idea lukewarm support.
He recently said it wouldn't work in isolation, but the government was "moving in that direction" to try and stop people in Alice Springs who violate spaces and make life unenjoyable for others.
But manager of the Central Australian Youth Link-up Service Blair McFarland said a curfew wouldn't work.
He said many young people in Alice Springs lived in un-airconditioned homes and slept during the day.
"They sleep as much as they can in the heat of the day, like kangaroos, then they come out at night because that is the only time it is bearable to walk in the streets," he said.
Mr McFarland said an existing scheme saw youth outreach workers engaging with young people out on the streets.
"It would be a strange combination to have youth outreach workers on the street, and the government bringing in a curfew," he said.
Alice Springs councillor Eli Melky told AAP he hopes to bring a new proposal for a curfew to council within weeks.
A previous proposal he championed was defeated by councillors in a 5-2 vote.
He said a smart curfew would target only about 250 youths known to have engaged in anti-social behaviour, with the vast bulk of young people left alone.
Under his proposal youth workers would be responsible for trying to take the child to their parents, with police called as a last resort.